Bethesda council honors Spy Task Force member

BETHESDA – Village Council convened Thursday, July 25, to address a number of topics and recognize one of its own who will be moving on.

Mayor Marty Lucas and Police Chief Jeremy Campbell both extended their commendations for Ginger Haring who will be joining the West Virginia State Police.

“(Ginger) has carried out her tasks with the utmost dedication and respect every step of the way. There will always be a place for her in Bethesda,” Campbell said. “The work she has done with the Spy Task Force is second to none and we really are going to miss (her),” Mayor Lucas added.

Preparations involving the upcoming water project are continuing to be laid out by several Bethesda officials, with Dick Quinlin leading the charge. At this time, Quinlin is tying up loose ends before construction gets underway. One resolution was passed to migrate from Neptune water meters to a more advanced Badger units. These newer models allow a village official to drive around and pick up meter readings wirelessly, slashing the time for the task from over a week to a couple hour job. Also included with the meters is a slew of features that can help track leakage in residents homes and main breaks for water system workers.

Quinlin also reiterated that he was able to secure a loan for the water project that he has only seen one of other of its kind in the past year gain approval. The loan allows a 40% forgiveness at the end of the term of the loan at which time the remainder is subject to a 30-year 0% interest terms to finish repayment.

Mayor Lucas was quick to comment on all Quinlin had to present to the board while also stating: “Dick has done a phenomenal job for us in every aspect. There is never a ‘T’ that isn’t crossed, or an ‘I’ that isn’t dotted in his work. This project simply could not have been done without him.” Marlin Harper, the village solicitor also commented: “You don’t see this amount of patience in very many people. He does an absolutely tremendous job for this village.”

Lucas also acknowledged the success of Chautauqua Days recently. Over the course of the festival, there were many activities for residents of all ages. A 5K race was dedicated to the late Police Chief Time Zdanski, who led the Bethesda Police Department for 35 years up until his passing. A car show and fishing tournament was also held. Participants in the fishing tourney swelled from 79 in 2012 to 139 this year.

Council members gave the nod to add an additional EMT worker, pending necessary documentation. Amy York’s application was submitted and reviewed before the council gave approval.

Initial talks of ODOT paving parts of Ohio 147 and Maple also were delved into. The bidding for the job will occur in November with construction slated to begin in May 2014.

Village council will remain on a bi-weekly schedule in anticipation for the water project to begin. Meetings will continue to be held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m., until further notice.

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